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British Driver flees scene of traffic death

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A 66 year old Russian cyclist was killed on Tuesday in a traffic accident at kilometer 57 of the N-332 variant in Torrevieja, close...

How to Check your Points Online

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The penalty points system in Spain was introduced in July, 2016, not only to penalise poor driving, but also to award those who drive safer. The system is the opposite to that of the UK, in so much as if you commit an offence you will be given points on your licence, in Spain you …

UK Considering Old Tyre Ban

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A consultation period began this week which could result in new laws being rushed through the statutes in the UK, banning tyres more than 10 years old on some vehicles. If the plans get approval, the new laws could come into force as early as next year, and would ban older tyres from heavy goods …

Road Safety in Prisons

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The General Secretary of Penitentiary Institutions (IIPP), Ángel Luis Ortiz and the General Director of the DGT, Pere Navarro, launched a campaign to bring road safety and driver training to those serving prison sentences. It is the seventh time the initiative has been launched, having taken a break during the austere times, and aims to …

What do the New Electric Scooter Laws Mean?

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The DGT has started to regulate certain personal mobility vehicles, in order to ensure that they are used correctly and safely. Although this is not the end of the legislation, many more changes are still being considered, it does mean that there are now clearer rules for certain types of these mobility tools. The current …

Bad Week for Vulnerable Road Users

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This week has seen a number of incidents involving some of the more vulnerable road users in the Alicante province, with a number of incidents, one of which proved fatal. An 80-year-old woman was hospitalised in a serious condition on Thursday after her cycle was in collision with a truck on the N-332 in Benidorm. …

On the Road this Summer

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The single aim of the DGT is to reduce the rate of mortality and injury of the roads of Spain, a task they aim to do through education, and enforcement. His summer, there will be an increase in both, as the need to reverse the growing trend in incident rates is becoming more apparent. During …

The Sound of Silence

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From 1 July, all electric vehicles sold in the European Union must emit a noise when travelling at 20 kilometres per hour or less. The legislation aims at making it easier for other road users, such as pedestrians, to be aware of the presence of the vehicles which may otherwise approach in silence. Generally, the …

N332 RoadWatch – Issue 18

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Welcome to the latest edition of the N332 RoadWatch eMagazine. You can read this publication FOR FREE at the end of the introduction. Alternatively, if you would like to download the PDF version to add to your collection and save on your computer, tablet, or phone, then click this button below. Buy Now It´s that …

Two Hundred Thousand Tests – Three Thousands Fails

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In the most recent focus on alcohol and drug consumption before driving, over 200,000 drivers were subjected to a roadside test, with over 3,000 failing. In total, during the campaign that took place earlier this month, 200,306 tests were performed on drivers to ascertain if they had consumed alcohol or drugs. For those drivers subjected …

Scooter Recall

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The electric scooter company Xiaomi, one of the most popular manufacturers of electric scooters purchased in Spain, has recalled one of its products due to safety concerns. According to the company, it is some of their model, “Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter M365”, of which some 500 units have been found to be defective. The fault …

Ten Million Euro for Road Safety

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According to the official state bulletin from the Spanish government, the treasury has authorised the transfer of 10 million euro to the DGT to spend on road safety. The money is going to be invested in updating and replacing some dated elements of road safety, as well as financing more equipment to keep a check …

What do the green lines painted on some roads mean?

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Some areas have been testing them since January, 2017, but given their success through the trial, you might see an increase in places where green lines are painted along the side of the road. But, what do they mean? You might think they are related to parking, like yellow or blue lines indicate restrictions, or …

Smoking whilst Driving

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It is currently not illegal to smoke whilst driving in Spain. However, the general consensus of a recent survey suggests it should be, if children are in the vehicle. There have been many stories shared through social media of drivers being fined for smoking, and although it is true that there are occasions when drivers …

The Spanish Number Plate System

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The Spanish number plate system dates back to 1900, although the concept and layout has undergone a number of transformations since then, the latest format taking over a century later in September, 2000. Currently, the Spanish number plate is formed by the European symbol on the left hand side, in a tall band, then four …

Driver Loses 28 Points in a Week

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A 34-year-old man from Galicia has had his driving licence withdrawn after losing 28 points in a single week. In the first incident the driver attempted to avoid and flee from an alcohol and drug checkpoint. A few days later he was intercepted by another patrol that subjected him to an alcohol and drugs test, …

Choosing your ITV Station

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Following on from our recent article explaining some of the facts relating to the ITV inspection, one question is still continuing to crop up. The question relates to vehicles which are registered in the Valencia region and their eligibility to have the test carried out in Murcia, for example. As we explained, according to the …

Startling Increases in Criminal Behaviour

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The office of the Attorney General has released advanced information relating to offences committed on the roads in 2018, revealing that alcohol and drug use is the most common crime. During 2018, the Public Prosecutor’s Office opened a total of 110,651 criminal proceedings for crimes against road safety, a figure that represents an increase with …

Drifting to Prison

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An 18-year-old man, of French nationality, has been sentenced to 4 years in prison, the withdrawal of his driving licence for 16 months, and a fine of 1,000 euro for driving recklessly through the Alicante town of Elche. Neighbours in the area near calles Frasquita Vázquez and Orihuela reported the vehicle driving through the streets …

Running Into Traffic!

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We all know that running is a great way of keeping fit, but within the urban landscape of towns and cities, the risk factor can increase, not from sporting injuries, but from runners choosing to mix with traffic. According to a recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Health approximately a third of all adults …

Barcelona – The Future City Today

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During the Barcelona Motor Show, the Spanish traffic authority, the DGT, in conjunction with the city council, presented a framework that sets out Barcelona as a model city for the integration of future systems aimed at making roads safer places. Part of the developments which were showcased are assisted and autonomous driving systems, which can …

Car Drivers Should Get More Options from July

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From 1 July, 2019, category B (private car) licence holders will be able to drive more vehicles than before, thanks to a change in the law. The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) has been working on a number of modifications and improvements to the driving licence system in Spain, including new rates, changes in the …

ITV Questions Answered

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Two of the most common questions about the ITV test are when it´s needed and where it can be carried out, in particular as there is a belief, for example, that vehicles which reside in the Alicante province can´t have their inspection carried out in Murcia. Today we answer those doubts, and others, but this …

Second Hand Vehicles in Spain – Vehicle History

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If you are considering buying a second-hand vehicle in Spain, there are a few things you need to be aware of. Aside from ensuring the...

Window Tinting in Spain – The rules…

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In Spain, you are allowed to have some of your car´s windows tinted, but there are rules. Car window tinting is a great way of...

The 175th Anniversary of the Guardia Civil

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On Monday, 13 May 2019, the King and Queen of Spain presided over the ceremony marking the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Guardia Civil. You may have seen the commemorative stickers marking the event which have been displayed on most of the Guardia Civil vehicles for the past few months, and even seen …

Can my British Registered Car have an ITV?

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A common question which often causes confusion is whether a foreign registered vehicle, such as an English registered car for example, whose MOT is due, can have an ITV in Spain. The simple answer is no, a foreign registered vehicle cannot have an ITV inspection. The mandatory vehicle inspection must be done in the country …

Motorcycles: 10 Dangerous Infractions

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May is recognised as Motorcycle Awareness Month, when warmer weather often means an increase in motorbikes on the road, and therefore a reminder to us all of the vulnerability of two-wheeled road users. However, we must also be aware that motorcyclists themselves must also play a part in their own road safety, and be aware …

Drugs and Driving – Prescription Medications Can Cause Problems

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Drinking alcohol before driving is still one of the biggest contributors to road traffic incidents, despite the warnings and knowledge of the effects and consequences, however consuming drugs before driving is also continually increasing. In order to be aware of the problems associated with drug use, we have to steer our mind away from what …

I Worry About Losing My Documents

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Because of the mandatory need to carry certain documents with the vehicle, a common concern is that these documents might be lost or stolen. However, the good news is that if you are concerned about this, then there is an alternative. Firstly, let´s look at the documents which must be carried. Permiso de Circulacion The …